Review Amazon Web Services Launches – August’22

August is a month of disconnection for many of us. However, AWS has taken advantage of these weeks to carry out some releases that significantly improve the pace of work of its partners. At Cloud Levante, as AWS Select Partners, we fully agree with this technology partner and that is why we want to highlight a compilation of the updates that have caught our attention: 

  • Amazon RDS enables connectivity between RDS database and EC2 compute instance

 As of 22 August, we have the option to automatically set up connectivity from Amazon Relational Database Services (Amazon RDS) and Amazon Aurora  databases to an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) compute instance during database creation. 

When provisioning a database using the Amazon RDS console, we now have the option to select an EC2 instance and with a single click establish connectivity between the database and the EC2 instance, following AWS recommended best practices. Amazon RDS automatically sets up your VPC and related network settings during database creation to enable a secure connection between the EC2 instance and the RDS database.

This eliminates the additional networking tasks such as setting up a VPC, security groups, subnets, and ingress/egress rules manually to establish a connection between your application and database. It improves productivity for new users and application developers who can now quickly launch a database instance and seamlessly connect to an application on a compute instance within minutes.

This new launch makes it easier to migrate and load data into a new DynamoDB table. This is a great use for migrations, to load test data into your applications, thereby simplifying disaster recovery, among other things.

More information at AWS Innovations post: Amazon DynamoDB now supports bulk imports from Amazon S3 to the new DynamoDB tables. 

    • Amazon Connect launches API to search for security profiles by permission, description, and tags

    Amazon Connect now provides a new API to search for security profiles in your Amazon Connect instance. This new API provides a programmatic and flexible way to search for security profiles by name, description, permissions, or tags. For example, you can now use this API to search for all security profiles that have permissions to edit contact flows. 

    • Amazon CloudFront now supports HTTP/3 requests over QUIC

    Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery network (CDN) service, a network of interconnected servers that is geographically closer to the users and reaches their computers much faster. 

    Amazon CloudFront reduces latency by delivering data through 410+ globally dispersed Points of Presence (PoPs) with automated network mapping and intelligent routing.

    The main benefits of HTTP/3 are faster connection times and fewer round trips in the handshake process. HTTP/3 is available in all 410+ CloudFront edge locations worldwide, and there is no additional charge for using this feature. 

    • Capture AWS Site-to-Site VPN connection logs using Amazon CloudWatch

    AWS Site-to-Site VPN now allows us to publish VPN connection logs to CloudWatch,  giving us greater visibility into VPN configuration to help our customers quickly troubleshoot VPN connectivity issues.

    With this feature, we can gain easy access to Site-to-Site VPN tunnel activity logs that provide details on IP Security (IPsec) tunnel establishment activity, including Internet Key Exchange (IKE) negotiations and Dead Peer Detection (DPD) protocol messages. With these VPN connection logs, we can locate any configuration mismatches between the AWS VPN endpoint and your VPN gateway device to quickly resolve connectivity issues.

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